Issue #487: Will Streaming’s New Power Couples Lead to Actual Growth, Profits?; iHeartRadio — the Future of Radio?

Blog, Music, Streaming

Will Streaming's New Power Couples, Like Spotify and Samsung, Lead to Actual Growth and Profits?
Will Streaming's New Power Couples, Like Spotify and Samsung, Lead to Actual Growth and Profits?www.billboard.com
On Aug. 8, Verizon announced that it would give its Unlimited data plan customers six free months of Apple Music — whether the customers were current, new or even former subscribers to the music service.

You Could Be Kicked Offline For Piracy If This Music Industry Lawsuit Succeeds
You Could Be Kicked Offline For Piracy If This Music Industry Lawsuit Succeeds motherboard.vice.com
And the evidence “proving” your guilt could be little more than fluff and nonsense.

Drake & Cardi B Top Spotify's List of Most Streamed Songs of the Summer
Drake & Cardi B Top Spotify's List of Most Streamed Songs of the Summerwww.billboard.com
Spotify has unveiled its list of the most streamed songs of the summer, and to the surprise of no one, Drake lands at No. 1.

Tencent Music's $30 Billion IPO Is Reportedly Arriving In a Matter of Weeks
Tencent Music's $30 Billion IPO Is Reportedly Arriving In a Matter of Weekswww.digitalmusicnews.com
Tencent Music has reportedly set the date for its upcoming IPO launch in the US, with an exclusive source confirming it will hit in October.

iHeartRadio — the future of radio?
iHeartRadio — the future of radio?medium.com
In the US, the iHeartRadio app contains a bunch of features — not just live radio streams, but podcasts, algorithmic radio stations and (if you pay for it) a music service much like Spotify. A few…

Spotify's podcast deals with Amy Schumer and Joe Budden disappoint
Spotify's podcast deals with Amy Schumer and Joe Budden disappointwww.fastcompany.com
The streaming music giant wants to expand into more audio entertainment but as its initiatives in podcasting reveal, it’s moving too slowly and too tentatively.

Top Five Indie Promo Execs In The Streaming Age
Top Five Indie Promo Execs In The Streaming Agewww.billboard.com
It’s the power of the song — not the size of the team or label — that counts.

This Chicago startup makes 'local radio' for Chinese living abroad
This Chicago startup makes 'local radio' for Chinese living abroadwww.builtinchicago.org
Quantum Music is a streaming service for Chinese living abroad.

 Gracenote’s metadata is the  answer to making music streaming services better in India
Gracenote’s metadata is the answer to making music streaming services better in Indiawww.digit.in
India’s music listening habits are vastly different from its western counterparts and to help streaming services serve us better, Gracenote is here with its mas

High on piracy and free streaming services: How India's music industry is shaping up
High on piracy and free streaming services: How India's music industry is shaping upwww.firstpost.com
There was a lot of data to absorb at both the Indian Music Industry (IMI)’s Dialogue and Truly Musical’s All About Music, which were among those rare conferences where the audience heard more facts than fluff.

Radio's Dueling Platforms
Radio's Dueling Platformsjacobsmedia.com
Podcasting and smart speakers are fast-growing new audio platforms. But are they additive or erosive to broadcast radio listening?

Issue #412: Apple Music’s New Playlist Series; Spotify Removes R. Kelly From Playlists; YouTube Expands Its Music Charts

Blog, Music, Streaming

Apple Music Introduces 'The New' Playlist Series Highlighting Local Hip-Hop Scenes
Apple Music Introduces 'The New' Playlist Series Highlighting Local Hip-Hop Sceneswww.complex.com
Explore the local sounds of five regions across America.

Spotify Removes R. Kelly From Playlists, Citing Hateful Conduct Policy
Spotify Removes R. Kelly From Playlists, Citing Hateful Conduct Policywww.hollywoodreporter.com
“When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”

YouTube Expands Its Music Charts, Adds Trending Chart For New Releases
YouTube Expands Its Music Charts, Adds Trending Chart For New Releaseswww.billboard.com

YouTube announced changes to its charts, expanding them to 44 territories — including the U.K., Japan, Germany and Brazil — and adding a new Trending Chart.

Big copyright changes come for streaming music providers
Big copyright changes come for streaming music providerswww.washingtonexaminer.com
Some providers, such as Spotify and Pandora, actually like the new legislation

Pandora: Listeners—And Investors—Are Coming Back
Pandora: Listeners—And Investors—Are Coming Backwww.barrons.com
The streaming audio company’s shares were hot Friday morning.

Spotify is testing a new personalized playlist featuring your friends’ favorite songs
Spotify is testing a new personalized playlist featuring your friends’ favorite songswww.theverge.com
Spotify is rolling out its Friends Weekly feature out to a larger group today, though it remains in testing mode.

Blockchain technology is set to play a power chord in the music industry by helping to solve copyright issues
Blockchain technology is set to play a power chord in the music industry by helping to solve copyright issueswww.cityam.com
The internet has allowed consumers to create, share and listen to more music than ever before.

This streaming platform is revolutionizing background music
This streaming platform is revolutionizing background musicmedium.com
According to Billboard, Soundtrack Your Brand, the Stockholm-based, Spotify-backed streaming platform devoted to background music in the b2b space, has announced a rush of direct deals with labels…

Some of the Why's and How's of Apple's AIFF Music Files
Some of the Why's and How's of Apple's AIFF Music Filesaudiophilereview.com

Andy Shaub leads readers in a Safari through the guts of Apple’s audio file system…

15 Music Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
15 Music Facts That Will Blow Your Mindpigeonsandplanes.com
2018 is weird.

Why Artists And Influencers Have More Power Than Ever
Why Artists And Influencers Have More Power Than Everwww.hypebot.com
In this piece Seth Schachner examines how shifts in the music industry and social media landscape have led to artists and influences gaining more power then ever when it comes to cultural taste-making.

Issue #411: The Short, Unhappy Life Of Music Downloads; SiriusXM App Gets an Update; About Those Tidal Streaming Numbers…

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The Short, Unhappy Life Of Music Downloads
The Short, Unhappy Life Of Music Downloadswww.forbes.com
The era of music downloads only lasted four years, and it coincided with the industry’s worst revenue period in decades. Downloads will fade away, and the music industry won’t miss them.

Music streaming numbers are meaningless
Music streaming numbers are meaninglesstheoutline.com
A new report suggests Tidal drastically inflated some listener numbers, which isn’t the first time the math hasn’t lined up.

SiriusXM Radio App Update Brings a Completely New Design and More
SiriusXM Radio App Update Brings a Completely New Design and Moreappadvice.com
Along with a new look, version 5.0 of the SiriusXM Radio app brings a ForYou homepage that provides both favorite channels and recommended content.

Instagram's Music Plans Could Change Everything — Here's What We Know So Far
Instagram's Music Plans Could Change Everything — Here's What We Know So Farwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Instagram has reportedly started testing its music stickers features where users can post their favorite music. Here’s everything we know so far.

African start-up uses blockchain to disrupt music's value chain
African start-up uses blockchain to disrupt music's value chainwww.itwebafrica.com
Why shokoCAST founder believes platform has the mettle to secure early traction in an ultra-competitive market.

Why Spotify on Apple Watch Could Bring an iPhone-Free Future
Why Spotify on Apple Watch Could Bring an iPhone-Free Futurewww.inverse.com
Spotify is expected to debut on the Apple Watch at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference this June. It could spark the use of a new applications programming interface called StreamKit, which will enable more users to leave the iPhone at home with watchOS 5.

TuneGO Launches Exclusive Portal for Music Industry Decision Makers, Influencers
TuneGO Launches Exclusive Portal for Music Industry Decision Makers, Influencersplatformandstream.wordpress.com
TuneGO has launched its exclusive portal to help the music industry discover the next superstar and hit single.

LiveXLive Launches OTT Streaming App on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV Devices
LiveXLive Launches OTT Streaming App on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV Devicesplatformandstream.wordpress.com
LiveXLive announced the launch of its LiveXLive App across Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV devices, significantly expanding its consumer reach and social interactivity.

Meet the team behind Spotify's viral music facts
Meet the team behind Spotify's viral music factswww.bbc.com
The Genius Behind the Lyrics team write facts about thousands of songs, for your entertainment.

Music Played More Often On YouTube Than All Other Platforms Combined
Music Played More Often On YouTube Than All Other Platforms Combinedwww.hypebot.com
A new report out from IFPI has revealed some interesting news about the music economy. Apparently YouTube boasts more music plays than Spotify, Apple Music, and all additional streaming platforms put together, despite having the lowest royalty returns.

Do the major labels know something about Spotify that Wall Street doesn't?
Do the major labels know something about Spotify that Wall Street doesn't?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify could be about to help a major music giant become a major music behemoth.

Como Audio Debuts SpeakEasy Wi-Fi Music System, Streaming Turntable
Como Audio Debuts SpeakEasy Wi-Fi Music System, Streaming Turntablewww.digitaltrends.com
Como Audio has announced a new streaming Wi-Fi multiroom wireless music system called the SpeakEasy.

Issue #406: Spotify Hits 75M Paying Users; Music’s Future Means Even More Ed Sheeran, Drake; Napster of Puppets

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Spotify touts 75 million subscribers in first quarterly earnings report
Spotify touts 75 million subscribers in first quarterly earnings reportwww.engadget.com
Spotify made its New York Stock Exchange debut last month, and today the streaming service announced its first earning report as a public company. As part of it…

Music’s Future Means Even More Ed Sheeran, Drake
Music’s Future Means Even More Ed Sheeran, Drakewww.bloomberg.com
The industry’s revenue is concentrated around a few big names.

Napster of Puppets: The Case Heard Round the Internet
Napster of Puppets: The Case Heard Round the Internetwww.wakemag.org

Back in the late 90’s, we didn’t have much in the way of downloading and streaming music. That is, until Napster came onto the scene in 1999.

No, Streaming Services Are Not 'Saving The Music Industry'
No, Streaming Services Are Not 'Saving The Music Industry'thequietus.com
A new rock music and pop culture website. Editorial independent music website offering news, reviews, features, interviews, videos and pictures

Philo and Pandora are offering a discounted, but temporary, 3-month bundle of TV and music
Philo and Pandora are offering a discounted, but temporary, 3-month bundle of TV and musictechcrunch.com

Seems like Hulu and Spotify had the right idea, when they launched a discounted package last month that combined both of their services. Now, the low-cost streaming service Philo is doing the same – but not with Spotify.

Wall Street Is Betting on Music for the First Time in Decadese
Wall Street Is Betting on Music for the First Time in Decadesewww.rollingstone.com
If Spotify’s first earnings report shines, it bodes well for music-streaming’s future

The Lofty Optimism of Spotify and the Influence of the Streaming Revolution
The Lofty Optimism of Spotify and the Influence of the Streaming Revolution www.newyorker.com

The popularity of streaming has led to obvious changes in how music is being produced—in 2018, a pop song needs to sound excellent piping out of a laptop’s tiny speakers and on headphones—but streaming has also resurrected the idea that the medium through which an album or track is made available is as much an aesthetic choice as anything else.

Billboard Finalizes Changes to How Streams Are Weighted for Billboard Hot 100 & Billboard 200
Billboard Finalizes Changes to How Streams Are Weighted for Billboard Hot 100 & Billboard 200www.billboard.com
Billboard has finalized weighting changes to the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and Billboard 200 albums chart. A greater emphasis will be given to paid subscription streams, with ad-supported activity remaining an important factor on the album and songs charts.

Xiaomi Mi Music, Mi Video Apps Launched in India, Get Streaming Services and New Features
Xiaomi Mi Music, Mi Video Apps Launched in India, Get Streaming Services and New Featuresgadgets.ndtv.com
Both apps are not exactly new, but rather refreshed versions of Xiaomi’s existing local media players.

MelodyVR Launches With Plenty of Funding & Major Label Deals -- But Can It Survive VR's Trough of Disillusionment?
MelodyVR Launches With Plenty of Funding & Major Label Deals — But Can It Survive VR's Trough of Disillusionment?www.billboard.com
After three years of planning, the MelodyVR experience has arrived for the masses with the launch of Facebook’s little-marketed Oculus Go.

Sony Just Cashed 50% of Its Spotify Shares — a $760 Million Payout
Sony Just Cashed 50% of Its Spotify Shares — a $760 Million Payoutwww.digitalmusicnews.com
When it comes to Spotify liquidation, Sony Music isn’t f—ing around!  The major label has now cashed nearly 50% of its Spotify shares.

BBC Launches First-Ever Audio Ads On Podcasts
BBC Launches First-Ever Audio Ads On Podcastsadexchanger.com

The BBC is testing audio ads for the first time in its 96-year history.

Issue #405: Music Tech Trends Defining 2018; Should Brands Pay Artists to Advertise on Playlists?

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The Music Tech Trends Defining 2018
The Music Tech Trends Defining 2018medium.com
From VR festival livestreams to DIY synths and decentralized distribution, these are the inventions, apps, and technologies creators are using this year.

Should Brands pay artists to advertise on Playlists?
Should Brands pay artists to advertise on Playlists?medium.com

As traditional advertising has become less engaging for consumers, publishers and brands have pivoted towards curated sponsored content as a way to break through their indifference.

How Blockchain and 'Microsubscription' Services Could Help Artists Earn More From Streaming
How Blockchain and 'Microsubscription' Services Could Help Artists Earn More From Streamingwww.billboard.com
Streaming services have boomeranged record-company revenues. But given the major labels’ influence over over track placement on services like Spotify and Apple Music — and the formulas they use to calculate artist payouts — many music makers are still struggling to make a living in the streaming ecosystem.

Spotify playlists in Bank of England's sights
Spotify playlists in Bank of England's sightswww.bbc.com
Music downloads could help the Bank of England understand consumers’ moods, its chief economist says.

How Gaana Is Utilising AI To Win The Battle Against Competitors Like Saavn, Prime Music
How Gaana Is Utilising AI To Win The Battle Against Competitors Like Saavn, Prime Musicanalyticsindiamag.com
Gaana is fighting a battle for market leadership with competitors like Saavn, Apple Music and the newly-launched Amazon Prime Music. We spoke to Gaana CEO who talked about growth and the use of AI for better user experience.

Amazon's Alexa is Invading Car Dashboards. What's It Mean for Radio?
Amazon's Alexa is Invading Car Dashboards. What's It Mean for Radio?jacobsmedia.com
Radio broadcasters and automotive companies are discovering a new way to partner — and it’s all about data. But they’re not alone in car dashboards.

'A golden age for music is dawning - with the old gatekeepers all but gone'
'A golden age for music is dawning – with the old gatekeepers all but gone'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Is this a tipping point? Is the genie out of the bottle for the music industry? The global music industry has a lot to be upbeat about after the release of two major reports confirmed a sharp upturn in revenues from recorded music over the last twelve months.

Spotify, Diageo and Wavemaker talk audio in an industry obsessed with visual experiences
Spotify, Diageo and Wavemaker talk audio in an industry obsessed with visual experienceswww.thedrum.com
The potential of using audio to reach consumers in new ways is yet to be recognised by brands.

VNUE Announces Deal with Radio Operations International
VNUE Announces Deal with Radio Operations Internationalplatformandstream.wordpress.com

VNUE announced today that it has signed its first radio monitoring agreement utilizing its patent-pending Soundstr technology.

Digital and analog audio’s curious coexistence
Digital and analog audio’s curious coexistencewww.cnet.com
Since nearly all music is digitally recorded, why buy a turntable?

Spotify — The impossible success story
Spotify — The impossible success story medium.com
Spotify’s success story is both brilliant and hard-won. As the company prepares for its listing, I look back at the decade of close work with Daniel and Martin, from the early days in 2007, and…

Here’s Why Some Albums Are Disappearing From Streaming Services
Here’s Why Some Albums Are Disappearing From Streaming Servicesstudybreaks.com
In the age of streaming, it isn’t unusual for projects from your favorite artists to disappear from music providers. Here’s why.

Issue #403: Spotify Tests Price Hike in Norway; Choon Debuts May 1; MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free

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Spotify to Raise Prices in Norway in Test of Customer Loyalty
Spotify to Raise Prices in Norway in Test of Customer Loyaltywww.bloomberg.com
Spotify Technology SA plans to start raising prices in Norway next month, a small-market test that may foreshadow increases for its global listeners later.

Choon will launch May 1st
Choon will launch May 1stmedium.com
After just over five months of heads-down engineering work, we’re happy to announce that the Choon platform will launch at 12PM US Pacific Time on May 1st, 2018.

MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free
MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Freeplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Global digital music distributor MondoTunes announced it will provide free distribution of music uploaded before September 2015 for artists who return to the service.

Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Store
Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Storetechcrunch.com

With Microsoft’s BUILD 2018 conference right around the corner, the company just made good on a promise from last year’s conference; Apple iTunes is finally coming to the Windows Store.

Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Online
Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Onlineplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Resonate, the ethical music co-op, and lifeID, a leader in blockchain-based, self-sovereign identity solutions, are announcing they have joined forces to improve how music is owned and shared online.

Atlantic Records’ Tom Mullen talks catalogue marketing’s evolution
Atlantic Records’ Tom Mullen talks catalogue marketing’s evolutionmusically.com
At record labels, catalogue and frontline used to be church and state – rarely mixing. But streaming is blurring the lines, and Tom Mullen’s role as VP of catalogue marketing for Atlantic Records is a further expansion of this trend.

Deezer SA partnership integrates radio, streaming
Deezer SA partnership integrates radio, streamingwww.musicinafrica.net
French streaming service Deezer yesterday announced a cross-platform streaming and radio partnership with award-winning South African radio station Hot 91.9 FM.

Czech music business sees double digit growth
Czech music business sees double digit growthwww.radio.cz
The revenues of Czech music business increased last year by 11 percent to 834 million crowns, according to a press release by the Czech branch of International Federation of Phonographic Industry.

Loudr Than Bombs: Has Spotify Finally Reached a Mechanical Licensing Armistice?
Loudr Than Bombs: Has Spotify Finally Reached a Mechanical Licensing Armistice?www.synchblog.com

What will Spotify’s recent acquisition of Loudr mean for the music publishing community?

Loss For Words: Is CD Quality Lossless or Lossy?
Loss For Words: Is CD Quality Lossless or Lossy?audiophilereview.com

Mark Smotroff splits digital hairs to make a point…

Sony Classical Celebrates Living Stereo on Global Social Media, Streaming Platforms
Sony Classical Celebrates Living Stereo on Global Social Media, Streaming Platformsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Sony Classical features one of the great brands in its historic catalogue of classical recordings – RCA Victor’s Living Stereo series – in a worldwide campaign across streaming, hi-res download and social media platforms.

Irish music but not as you know it: Spotify’s new Irish sound
Irish music but not as you know it: Spotify’s new Irish soundwww.irishtimes.com
The New Éire – ‘The next generation of urban sounds representing the Emerald Isle’

How To Promote Your Music Video in 7 Easy Steps
How To Promote Your Music Video in 7 Easy Stepsblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Although a high-quality music video always has the chance of going viral, that chance is SLIM if there’s no promotional strategy to back it up.

Issue #397: Is Asia Spotify’s Weak Spot?; The District is Reshaping the Music Business; The Case for Napster

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Is Asia Spotify’s weak spot?

Its US$26 billion stock debut has tech industry mouths watering, but the music streaming company may have hit a bum note in the region, where piracy, limited budgets and a love of karaoke are conspiring against it.

Vancouver company the District has reshaped the music business
Vancouver company the District has reshaped the music businesswww.straight.com
By managing YouTube streaming accounts, it’s formed one of the biggest music distribution networks in the world.

Coachella's Indie Acts Opt for Label Deals Even in Spotify Age
Coachella's Indie Acts Opt for Label Deals Even in Spotify Agewww.bloomberg.com
On stage at Coachella, Josh Conway could practically taste it. He and his compatriots in the indie band The Marias were playing the largest music festival in North America. They were on the verge of making it.

The Case for Napster, Some Fifteen Years Later
The Case for Napster, Some Fifteen Years Latermedium.com
Napster is the catalyst which was needed to spearhead the movement. But sadly, it is also the ship that had to sink for others’ sake.

Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 years
Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 yearswww.cnbc.com
Spotify disclosed on Tuesday that it’s spending at least $447 million on Google’s cloud over the next three years.

How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergence
How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergenceblog.jaak.io
Part of our strategy blog series, which will investigate the paths to building decentralised infrastructure for the intellectual property industries.

Slipped discs: Why the biz needs to give CDs as much love and attention as viny
Slipped discs: Why the biz needs to give CDs as much love and attention as vinywww.musicweek.com
It’s Record Store Day this weekend, which means tons of lovingly curated vinyl releases in your local indie shop. But, even as streaming becomes the dominant format, the biz shouldn’t neglect CD buyers. Music Week explains why…

Amazon Prime Hits 100M Subscribers
Amazon Prime Hits 100M Subscriberswww.billboard.com
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his company has reached over 100 million subscribing Prime members, a new milestone for the 13-year-old program.

How Vevo Stays At The Top Of The Charts On YouTube
How Vevo Stays At The Top Of The Charts On YouTubeadexchanger.com

Vevo uses YouTube for a large chunk of its distribution and viewership.

Lil B's Mixtapes Appear on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal
Lil B's Mixtapes Appear on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidalexclaim.ca

A number of classic releases from 2010 through 2012 have been collected on the services.

Lessons from Spotify
Lessons from Spotifystratechery.com

Being a true aggregator means gaining power over supply; Spotify doesn’t have that — the company doesn’t even have control over its marginal costs — and it’s hard to see where the profits come from.

TheWaveVR Raises $6M For Virtual Reality Music Platform
TheWaveVR Raises $6M For Virtual Reality Music Platformwww.hypebot.com

TheWaveVR, a social virtual reality platform for music and visual arts experiences has closed a $6 million Series A funding round.